The lights are on
2016 was a phenomenal
year for gaming, but now that all of our
awards have been handed out, it's time to stop living in the past and look to
the year ahead. Through the rest of this week and beyond, we'll be taking a look
at our picks for the most anticipated games of 2017, as voted on by the Game Informer staff. We're starting the festivities with a look at the top 10 action games
that we can't wait to play this year.
10. BelowRelease: 2017Platform: Xbox One, PCWe've been looking forward to Capy's striking roguelike ever
since its reveal at E3
2013, but the numerous
delays since have taken a toll; Below has dropped four slots compared
year's most anticipated list, and the developer has gone dark while it
works to complete the project. Even so, our hands-on
demos have continued to impress, thanks to Below's enticing mix of demanding
combat, randomly generated environments, and a unique twist on permadeath. Whenever
Capy finishes Below, we'll be more than ready to play it.
09. CupheadRelease: 2017Platform: Xbox One, PCSpeaking of promising indie games that have suffered from
lengthy delays, we can't wait to see more of Studio MDHR's Cuphead in action, and
you probably know why. Cuphead's hand-drawn, 1930s cartoon-style visuals are
simply one-of-a-kind in the gaming world, and dripping with creativity. The
game's myriad delays aren't too upsetting, as the developer is using the extra time to expand Cuphead's
scope from what was essentially a boss-rush mode to a full-fledged action game
with dedicated levels. If that's not enough to get your kettle boiling, we don't'
know what is.
08. NiohRelease: February 7Platform: PlayStation 4The Dark Souls series has practically become its own genre
in recent years, leading other developers to experiment with From Software's
soul-crushing formula. One of the most promising variants is Team Ninja's Nioh,
which trades dark fantasy for 17th century samurai. The Ninja Gaiden developer
is also throwing its own blistering swordplay into the mix, along with a story
based on an unfinished script from Akira Kurosawa. Our early hands-on
impressions have only given us a glimpse of Nioh's brutal boss fights,
mounds of loot, and intriguing multiplayer components.
HonorRelease: February 14Platform: PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PCWhat happens when you throw boatloads of knights, Vikings,
and samurai warriors into the same game? A ton of people get stabbed, to
the enjoyment of gamers everywhere. That said, For Honor doesn't serve up
mindless hack-and-slash action; the fleshed-out mechanics require you to time
your attacks and account for your opponents' stances, and blows are delivered
with a satisfying amount of weight. For Honor has primarily been billed as a multiplayer-focused
game, but the single-player campaign promises plenty of variety as you hop between
the three warring factions. If you're looking for a game that captures the
bloody action of shows like Game of
Thrones and Vikings, look no
Of Decay 2Release: 2017Platform: Xbox One, PCZombie games are a dime a dozen, but State Of Decay rose
above the braindead legions with some truly smart gameplay mechanics. Players
could build up safehouses and recruit NPCs from the sprawling open world, which
essentially serve as extra lives to offset the game's use of permadeath. Despite
some great innovations, State of Decay was plagued by bugs and other technical
shortcomings, largely due to the ambitious scope and the small size of
the developer. That's why we're so excited about State of Decay 2's potential; with
a massive new war chest, Undead Labs is aiming big for the sequel, which will
include four-player co-op.
Coming up next: Some high-profile sequels, a few new IPs, and our most anticipated action game of 2017...
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